On Tuesday, it was announced that Ariana Grande would be joined by a star-studded cast to perform a benefit concert in Manchester in support of those killed in last week’s suicide bombing.
Ticket sales company Ticketmaster announced that 14,200 free tickets would be set aside for those who attended Grande’s Manchester Arena show, where the tragedy took place.
However, 25,000 applications for the free tickets were received — meaning over 10,000 applications were falsely made.
Ticketmaster reacted to the fake applications with the following statement: “Sadly, over 10,000 unscrupulous applications have been made.”
“At Ticketmaster we are doing everything we can – including extending today’s deadline – to ensure that tickets go to the actual fans and not the opportunists or touts who have also been applying for free tickets.”
One Love Manchester — the concert set to take place on Sunday — will take place at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and is expected to raise £2 million for the We Love Manchester emergency fund.
Stars joining Grande on stage for the event include Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry.
A further 35,000 tickets for the event were released to the general public on Ticketmaster for £40 each. All the tickets sold out in under 20 minutes.
The Ticketmaster page requested that “concert-goers do not attend with bags” for “speed of entry.”
People reselling tickets for the benefit gig on eBay have been branded ‘disgusting‘ on Twitter.
eBay said in a statement: “All tickets for this event will most certainly be removed by the team who are doing manual sweeps to pick up any that slip through.
“We also aren’t allowing the sale of any item which profits in any way from the tragedy in Manchester. All of these items are being removed if they appear, and the sellers’ accounts will be restricted.”
The gig will be broadcasted live on BBC One from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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